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Judge halts mental exam in Wisconsin stabbing case

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin judge has halted his previous order that one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate undergo an insanity exam.

Prosecutors say the girls were trying to impress a fictional horror character they read about online.

Defense attorney Anthony Cotton represents one of the girls. Doctors for the state and defense told the court his client isn't mentally competent to assist in her own defense.

Last week prosecutors asked that Cotton's client be evaluated to determine whether she was mentally ill at the time of the crime. Judge Michael Bohren agreed, despite Cotton's objection that no plea had yet been entered.

Typically, a mental exam is ordered after someone pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.

Bohren reversed himself Tuesday, canceling his order for a mental exam.

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